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I’m the author of two books on Portland hikes: 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles of Portland and Day and Section Hikes on the Oregon PCT. I try to get out there as much as I can, and I try to keep up with all the latest news and developments out on the trail. Check here for news, stories, and photographs from the great outdoors. And you can also follow me as the 60 Hikes guy on Facebook or Twitter.

Portland Outdoorsy News: Larch Mountain Road open, Sandy River Delta closed.

  • Paul Gerald
  • June 5, 2012
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Just a couple of news items from the Oregonian I thought I’d share. One is that the road to Larch Mountain, one of the great  viewpoints in the Columbia River Gorge, is now open. The view of the Gorge and Mount Hood  from up there is pretty stupendous, and it’s  a great place to go…

Dog Mountain, May 30, 2012

  • Paul Gerald
  • June 4, 2012
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I made my annual wildflower/conditioning hike up Dog Mountain in the Columbia River Gorge this last week. For us Portland hikers, this is one of our highlight hikes — so much so, I don’t go anywhere near it on a weekend this time of year. The weekend before Memorial Day, the trailhead parking lot was…

Meager Columbia Gorge Wildflower Season?

  • Paul Gerald
  • May 25, 2012
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The Oregonian’s Terry Richard says he found the Columbia Gorge wildflower season to be a bit meager this year. He has high hopes for the Dog Mountain hike, as do I; I’m headed there next week to try to catch the peak bloom. Anybody else have experiences to relate? What’s your impression of the flower…

The “Lost Trail” Crowd

  • Paul Gerald
  • May 24, 2012
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A while back, I wrote a piece for The Oregonian about people who like to hike lost trails around Oregon — or who just wander off-trail looking for adventure or old stuff that was left out there. You can read that piece here. Well, since it ran, I’ve gotten a couple of requests along the…

Dog Mountain Flower Report

  • Paul Gerald
  • May 21, 2012
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Every year about this time, one of the most popular hikes around is to the top of Dog Mountain. That’s because the whole top of the mountain is a big meadow covered in wildflowers, the most conspicuous being balsamroot: Now, imagine about a million of those blooming all at one, 3,000 feet above the Columbia…

Ah, Wildflower Season!

  • Paul Gerald
  • May 17, 2012
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Many thanks to Darryl Lloyd of Long Shadow Photography for these amazing photos from Memaloose State Park. It is getting towards the end of wildflower season in the Columbia River Gorge, so let’s get on out there and see what there is to see! Take it away, Darryl: To Columbia Gorge hikers and wildflower lovers,…

Sky Lakes Wilderness

  • Paul Gerald
  • August 23, 2011
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My word, has it really been two months since I posted here? Not that it matters, since no one is reading, but that’s silly of me. So I went to Sky Lakes Wilderness last week for a two-night backpack. Here’s a trip report from